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Hero’s welcome for kidnapped boy

Ten-year-old Liam Aspeling, who was kidnapped on Tuesday morning, arrived home to a hero's welcome in a police car at his Ennerdale, Johannesburg, home on Wednesday evening. Still in his school uniform, he was lifted on to the shoulders of an adult and waved at well-wishers in the street.

Faith moves mountains, says abducted boy’s mom

Anastasia Aspeling, mother of 10-year-old Liam who was found on Wednesday after his kidnapping in Ennerdale south of Johannesburg on Tuesday, said she is not someone who seeks revenge. ''I just want my son back. The law can deal with the people who took him [if they are arrested] as it sees fit,'' she said.

Social crimes hard to police, says minister

Social crimes, which are on the increase, are often committed behind closed doors and difficult to police, according to Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula. Addressing a Business against Crime dinner, he said combined efforts by government ministries have increased the number of arrests and improved investigations.

Buthelezi predicts one-party state in SA

Floor-crossing, dubbed ''crosstitution'', will lead to the rapid consolidation of a one-party state in South Africa, Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi told the party's 30th annual conference on Saturday. ''Our democracy is crumbling because those in power do not care,'' he said.

Clerics to meet Mbeki on Zim report

South African church leaders expect to meet President Thabo Mbeki soon to discuss the United Nations report on Zimbabwe's clean-up operations, believed to have affected about 700 000 people. Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane and other leaders on Monday blessed consignments of humanitarian aid destined for Zimbabwe.

Cosatu to help pay Zuma’s legal costs

Members of the Congress of SA Trade Unions will be asked to help pay for former deputy president Jacob Zuma's legal costs, Cosatu said on Wednesday. Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said at a press conference in Johannesburg that members would not be forced to contribute to funds for this purpose.

WFP: Zimbabwe needs 1,2-million tonnes of food

Zimbabwe needs to import 1,2-million tonnes of food to support its population, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday. ''Some three to four million people will need help in the next year. It will peak this December through January to March,'' James Morris told reporters at the Johannesburg International airport.

An African pope is unlikely

Only 15 of 120 cardinals in the conclave at the Vatican to elect a new pope will be from Africa, the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) said on Monday. Speaking to reporters in Johannesburg, the SACBC expressed little hope of Pope John Paul II's successor coming from Africa, because the church in Europe looked on its African congregation as living half in a pagan world.

Miners in quake were ‘very frightened’

One injured gold miner, his skull fractured in Wednesday's earthquake at Stilfontein, has been transferred to the intensive-care unit at West Vaal hospital in nearby Orkney. David Griffiths, chief medical officer at Duffscott, a mine facility at Stilfontein, told reporters on Thursday that the other 21 patients had only minor injuries.

DA trio to appeal Zim ejection

The Democratic Alliance trio prohibited from entering Zimbabwe on Friday said this action undermined the protocol of the Southern African Development Community. Chairperson Joe Seremane, chief whip Douglas Gibson and researcher Paul Boughey flew to Harare on Friday morning for a pre-election fact-finding visit.

SAA offers severance packages to 602 managers

South African Airways (SAA) is offering voluntary severance packages to its 602 managers as part of its effort to turn the business around, the company announced in Johannesburg on Friday. Chief executive Khaya Ngqula announced this at a press conference at Johannesburg International airport on Friday.

Anti-retrovirals for R100 a month

Anti-retrovirals could cost South Africans as little as about R100 a month and local manufacturing of generics could start as early as next month, it was announced on Tuesday. South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare group is the first drug manufacturer in the world to receive approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration to produce generic anti-retrovirals.

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